MHS girls put the pink to El Dorado

By Steve Sell
February 13, 2014

It was a warm-and-fuzzy night Friday for the McPherson High girls.

On the seventh annual "Think Pink Night," the Bullpups did whatever they pleased in routing El Dorado 69-15 in their final home game of the season.

The victory raised MHS' record to 7-0 in Division III play with three games left. The Bullpups, thought to be in a rebuilding year, are now 12-5 overall.

The Bullpups raised $3,305 for cancer awareness and had about 3,305 good things happen during this game as they outscored the Wildcats 15-2 in the first quarter and 19-3 in the second quarter to construct a 34-5 halftime lead. 

"This was a good team win," MHS coach Chris Strathman said. "The other kids were stepping up and that's two nights in a row Janae (Barnes) has played really well on the interior. Abby (Pedersen) had eight assists and Hannah (Willems) had five assists. They were really sharing the basketball tonight."

Ashtyn Schieferecke got MHS off to the hot start with nine first-quarter points and Barnes had it rolling in both quarters to score 11 points before the break.

In the third quarter, Brooke Bate electrified the crowd and maybe herself by draining three straight 2-iron 3-pointers and tallied 11 in the quarter. MHS as a team made 6 of 7 treys in the period to score 22 points.

"It was totally designed," Strathman said of Bate's sudden bombing. "We just wanted to get her some shots. She hadn't made too many 3's, so it was a lot of fun."

MHS had good balance as Barnes finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double, while Bate and Schieferecke scored 11. The Bullpups were a stunning 10 of 24 from 3-point.

MHS held the Wildcats to a paltry 4 of 35 from the field.

The MHS JVs only played a half against the Wildcats, but that was enough as they were a 31-2 winner. Amazingly, 10 Bullpups were able to score in the short time, with Madison Hoffman, Cassidy Wedel and Ally Ulsaker all scoring six.

The MHS JVs also were a 43-36 winner over Andale on Thursday as the game ran late and had not been posted. Emma Yowell sizzled with 15 points.

The MHS ninth-graders won a defensive battle from El Dorado, 31-20. Jordan Bruner had another good game offensively with 10 points.

MHS is on the road Tuesday to Mulvane.

MHS (69) — Bate 4-6, 0-0, 11; Willems 1-7, 0-0, 3; Wedel 2-4, 2-3, 7; Schmidt 0-0, 2-2, 2; Schieferecke 4-7, 3-4, 11; Hoffman 1-1, 4-4, 6; Ulsaker 0-1, 0-0, 0; Pedersen 2-8, 2-2, 7; Collins 0-1, 0-2, 0; Yowell 2-3, 0-0, 6; Barnes 5-8, 4-4, 16; Cooks 0-1, 0-0, 0. Totals — 21-47, 17-21, 69. 3-pointers — Bate 3, Yowell 2, Barnes 2, Willems 1, Wedel 1, Pedersen 1.

El Dorado (15) — Smith 0-9, 2-4, 2; Olson 1-4, 0-0, 3; Owens 0-1, 0-0, 0; Bel 3-9, 2-4, 8; Ruff 0-9, 1-2, 1; Rice 0-3, 1-2, 1. Totals — 4-35, 6-13, 15. 3-pointers — Olson 1.

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MHS JVs vs. El Dorado (31) — Schmidt 2, Wedel 6, Howard 2, Hoffman 6, Bruner 1, Ulsaker 6, Ellet 2, Yowell 3, Collins 1, Cooks 2.

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MHS JV vs. Andale (43) — Schmidt 6, Wedel 2, Hoffman 2, Ulsaker 9, Yowell 15, Collins 6, Cooks 3.

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MHS 9th (31) — Howard 8, Yowell 7, Bruner 10, Collins 2, Bennett 4.


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